Photo from the U-46 STEM Expo
The opportunity to reach out to younger students in the community has been a wonderful experience for Roosevelt students. Our students make a positive difference in the lives of others, while also enriching their own lives through these extracurricular learning experiences. Erika Szotek Science Lab Manager and Advisor to the Schaumburg Campus Natural Science Student Organization

Photo from the U-46 STEM Expo. Front row: Urszula Jusziewicz, Erika Szotek, Samantha McCarragher; Back row: Thach Bao Tran, Leila Williams, Shahd Louaibi, Ivette Munoz; Not pictured: Rulaa Adel, Sylvia Chun, Jazlyn Quijije

Faculty, students and staff from the Roosevelt University Schaumburg Campus Science Programs are regularly engaged in community service and in promoting the campus and the sciences to the surrounding suburban communities. Outreach efforts are led by professors Emily Dangremond, Robert Seiser and Neil Voss and by Erika Szotek, science lab manager and advisor for the Natural Science student organization at the Schaumburg Campus.

On February 2, Roosevelt University took part in the High School District 211 GEMS Extravaganza – an event for 5th and 6th grade Girls in Engineering Math and Science organizations in the Schaumburg/Palatine area. Over 200 girls attended the event held at Conant High School in Schaumburg. Biology Prof. Emily Dangremond and Mary Szuch of Roosevelt’s College of Pharmacy represented the University at the college and career fair. Erika Szotek, science lab manager, and current students Leila Williams (M.A. Biomedical Sciences) and Samantha McCarragher (B.S. Biochemistry) conducted classroom sessions with the girls on osmosis and diffusion. The girls were able to observe aquatic plant response to water with varying salinities and determine if the plant cells gained or lost water due to the salt concentrations.

On February 23, nine students from the Schaumburg Natural Science Club joined with club advisor, Erika Szotek, to volunteer for the School District U-46 STEM Expo at Bartlett High School.  K-12 students from the district presented their projects at the event and Roosevelt students served as judges. U-46 event coordinators praised the Roosevelt students for their knowledge and rapport with the students and were impressed with the diversity of our science student population.

“The opportunity to reach out to younger students in the community has been a wonderful experience for Roosevelt students. Our students make a positive difference in the lives of others, while also enriching their own lives through these extracurricular learning experiences,” says Erika Szotek. “It is also rewarding to see how members of the community are excited about what science has to offer and how well they interact with our students.”

In addition to these recent community outreach activities, the Schaumburg Campus science programs maintain important industry and scientific community partnerships and regularly host academic and networking events on campus. Just some of the partnerships include the American Chemical Society (host Chicago section meetings and represent the organization and Roosevelt at the Illinois State Fair); the National Student Leadership Conference (host a summer science enrichment program for high school students); Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) (home of the SENCER Center for Innovation Midwest regional group and host meetings of science and math educators) and the Chicago Chromatography Discussion Group (host professional training workshops on campus). 

Prof. Robert Seiser, Director of College of Arts and Sciences Academic Partnerships, says “I am continually impressed by the work of the Natural Science Club and our faculty and staff. They view community outreach as a major component of their professional identity. Through their efforts they have raised the profile of Roosevelt University and helped hundreds of local students and families explore the world of science. With our external partners, they contribute to a rich educational ecosystem that helps Roosevelt students prepare for careers and for continued community engagement.”

For more information about science programs at the Roosevelt Schaumburg Campus, please contact Prof. Robert Seiser at rseiser@roosevelt.edu.

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